Disability does not mean inability: The case of Autism in African culture

Originally posted on The Ubuntu Boomerang:

First question, why autism? Well, I noticed that it’s not commonly known, let alone addressed in our society but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. I feel for the parents of the affected children as society usually shuns their babies because of ignorance. I have read endless stories of the struggles they endure especially when they enroll their children for school. Our society is quick to blame anything they do not quite understand on traditional misfortunes and pure bad luck. As a volunteer, one of the best advice I was given is that if I cannot help someone with the finance they need to solve their problem, I should either lead them to someone who can, or offer the best non-financial solution they can ever get! I will try and do the two in this short piece. After reading this, you should at least have an appreciation of autism.

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What to think about when choosing an MBA

Originally posted on thecommongreatergood:

Why you want to do it – for money, for you, for being international, etc. Some schools may be more international than others, while some are renowned but cost a lot of money.

Where you want to do it – if you do it in your country, it will surely be cheaper. But will get for example the international factor? Or the challenge of knowing a different culture?

How to pay it – some MBA’s cost 5 000 euros while others 100 000! So you really need to sort off your finances before.

When to do it – so you have 4 years of work experience and you want to do it. But isn’t that a bit too soon? You just got married AND you’re changing jobs – is this really the right time?

What to choose – there are full time ones, part times ones, focused on supply chain…

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NO to Poverty!

Originally posted on GENO Hope Alive Foundation:

“Poverty is the worst form of violence”. -Mahatma Gandhi

“Everyone deserves the best start in life; we should join UNICEF in providing for the World’s most vulnerable children. Education is essential to a child’s development”. – Clay Aiken, UNICEF Ambassador

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Child labour and poverty are inevitably bound together and if we continue to use the labour of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, we will have  both poverty and child labour till the end of time”. – Grace Abbott

“There is no trust more sacred than the one the World holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace”. – Kofi Annan

“I can’t think of any issue that is so important than to see that no…

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Life is BETTER when you’re LAUGHING.

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What Happens When Low Wage Workers Suddenly Get a Living Wage?

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

What Happens When Low Wage Workers Suddenly Get a Living Wage?: Gothamist.

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Resorts World worker Jeannine Nixon and her son, Carl (courtesy Jeannine Nixon)

In October of last year, the union for the employees working at Resorts World Casino, one of the most successful casinos in the country [PDF], struck a deal that effectively doubled the salaries for 1,400 of the roughly 1,700 employees. The employees went from making $10-$12/hour to $20 or more, plus benefits, essentially overnight. This transformation is rare, so we asked five of the employees what their lives were like before the contract and how they changed after they began receiving a fair wage for their work.

Jeannine Nixon

I’ve been working at the casino for almost three years as a customer relations representative. I work from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 35 hours…

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Quote of the Week

Originally posted on Gryphon House Blog:

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Sometimes, obstacles will teach children more than unimpeded success ever can. Foster positive social emotional learning in young children and watch them grow.

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Try not to become a man of success, But a man of value.

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